About our Piercers
With their numerous years of experience in the field and many certifications, our piercers guide the customer through the process as smoothly as possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver anything from a standard navel piercing to a custom surface anchor project with confidence and ease.
Our piercers’ experience and elaborate training allow them to provide simple, effective and thorough aftercare procedures. We also offer a wide variety of piercing jewelry and accessories, as well as the possibility to place a custom order should we not have the customer’s ideal piece in stock.
Basic Piercing Aftercare
There are four steps for every piercing throughout the healing period. Your piercer will always walk you through these steps while explaining the aftercare process to you but here is a small guide just in case you forget or lose your provided sheet of instructions.
- Step one is the swelling stage. Any redness and clear fluid that appears to be leaking from the piercing is completely normal. We anticipate this stage by using longer/thicker jewelry so that there is as little discomfort as possible for you throughout this stage. Ice is recommended for oral piercings.
- Step two is usually a few weeks in duration and is essentially the core of your healing time. This stage shows crust that is prone to gather around the piercing and is very easy to clean off at the beginning and end of your day with a sea salt soak. Be wary and do not pick these with excessive force. This is usually when people will pick and/or touch their piercing, which is not suggested.
- Step three is the last bit before we suggest downsizing. This stage varies for each piercing, but usually, as you enter the second month, you will no longer see any liquid or crust gathering, but you should still continue to rinse your piercing as instructed. Most redness should be gone and the illusion of healing will be present, yet wait a tad longer to be safe before you downsize your jewelry.
- Step four is the final stage in which we can put in tighter, snug-fitting jewelry in most cases. If you find that the jewelry is still fitting well after this stage, downsizing is not a requirement! Now is simply the time where you may want to invest in some more jewelry to build a larger collection for your new piercing! The following document details our written guidelines to cleaning your new piercing : (Include Aftercare pdf document here)
Sea Salt Soakings
It is very important to never touch your piercing with dirty hands. As a precaution before starting your soaking, wash your hands with attention to detail. Fill an 8(oz) cup or shot glass with warm water and place 4 to 6 rocks of the non-iodized sea salt into the glass. Make sure the water is not too hot and once the salt has dissolved, place the cup over the piercing, submerging it fully for five to ten minutes. Be certain you rinse the piercing after the soak and dry it with a Q-tip.
Oral Piercing Aftercare
Either speak to your piercer about purchasing alcohol-free mouth wash that we have in-store or find an adequate supply at your local pharmacy. See the section for facial piercing to accommodate lip piercing needs. Be wary of your diet as certain foods will be difficult to chew with your new jewelry. Be sure to rinse after every meal so as to not allow a buildup of food. It is not abnormal to have your oral piercing take longer than 2 months to heal.
As mentioned in Aftercare, saline soaks are recommended twice a day. The most important rule for these piercings as well as any other is to not touch them. You may inquire with your piercer about purchasing sea salt to prepare the mixtures yourself or purchasing a pre-mixed saline solution. You may use a shot glass as a tool to prepare the mixtures, or any 8(oz) rinse cup. Rinse after every soak so as not to dry out the piercing with a heavy salt concentration.
Surface Anchor Aftercare
As with swelling, ice is a good idea to reduce any excess inflammation. Lasonil has recently been suggested and we have only seen positive results and are working on obtaining some for our customers so that it is readily available. Application of Lasonil is recommended twice a day for three days. Apply around the anchor whilst not making direct contact. As recommended in Basic Aftercare, do not pick at any crust buildup. Avoid the area for the initial swelling period as it does not take a full two months for an anchor to heal initially. They will, however, cause problems if knocked or bumped hard enough, even after they are healed.
What to Avoid
Alcohol wipes, Listerine mouth wash, Polysporin, hydrogen peroxide, ointments, or any iodized salts. If you have ANY questions about whether you should use a product you have at your disposal, do not hesitate to contact the shop to inquire as we love nothing more than seeing a well-healed piercing walk back through the door.
Red bumps are common among piercings that have been slept on or frequently touched. Chamomile soaks are suggested to reduce these bumps as a primary solution, and your piercer will be explaining this process after your piercing has been completed. Any discrepancy from our suggested aftercare often leads to problems, so we recommend regular checkups to avoid problems and a friendly chat is often welcome.